The LA Kings and defenseman Drew Doughty have agreed to terms on an 8-year contract extension, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced Friday. The Kings didn’t release the financial terms of the contract, but Doughty will reportedly make around $11 million per season. Doughty will finish the final season of his current eight-year, $56 million contract before this new deal will begin. Assuming the $11 million figure is right, Doughty is set to have the league’s highest cap hit among defensemen. For those wondering: P.K. Subban‘s $9M currently represents the peak.
“Drew Doughty is one of the best defensemen in the world and we are obviously excited to have reached this point in the process in which he has committed to the Kings long-term,” said Blake on reaching an agreement. “This is great news for our organization and our fans and we will comment further once the contract has been signed and formally announced.”
Doughty registered 60 points in 82 games last season, while averaging 26:50 of ice time per contest. Doughty played a major role in the Kings’ Stanley Cup triumphs in 2012 and 2014, and he also has two Olympic gold medals from playing for Canada.
During his 10-year NHL career, Doughty has appeared in 770 regular season games, and tallied 422 points (102-320=422), a plus-93 rating and 555 penalty minutes.
He ranks second on the Kings all-time list among defensemen in goals, assists, and points (trailing only Blake in all three categories), and third in games played.
By the time his new deal ends, Doughty will be 37 years old. Neither the Kings nor Doughty seriously expected the defenceman to leave his adopted home in free agency next year. He grew up a Kings fan in southern Ontario, and he was thrilled when Los Angeles chose him with the second overall pick in 2008.
I don’t think anybody expected anything different here. For my money, Drew Doughty is the best defensemen in the world. He is the type of player that you sign to this type of deal no matter what money well spent.